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Illegal to text, email, surf web while driving


Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - A ticket for texting and driving will make you feel :-( and chances of getting stopped for thumbs on the phone will increase as Minnesota law enforcement agencies conduct a one-day distracted driving education and enforcement effort April 18.

The enforcement is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety in partnership with the State Patrol and nearly 400 city and county agencies.

Distracted driving is a leading crash factor in Minnesota, contributing to one-quarter of all crashes annually and resulting in around 70 deaths and more than 8,000 injuries each year.

“It’s a myth that we can multitask behind the wheel, when the reality is distractions are dangers piled atop the important task of driving,” says Donna Berger, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director. “It’s up to every driver to eliminate these unnecessary distractions.”

Minnesota’s “No Texting” Law

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts/emails, and access the Web on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic — including at a stoplight/stop sign, or stopped in traffic. It is also illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone at any time.

Minnesota’s “no texting” law was enacted in August 2008 and citations have increased each year: 2008 (five months) — 93; 2009 — 389; 2010 — 847; 2011 — 1,271; 2012 — 1,728.

DPS underscores driver distractions go beyond the texting issue: Daydreaming/taking mind off driving; reaching for items; manipulating radio/music/vehicle controls; eating/drinking; dealing with rowdy passengers; grooming and more.

2012 National Highway

Traffic Safety Administration

Survey Results

•48 percent of drivers say they answer incoming phone calls, and one-quarter of drivers are willing to place calls on all, most, or some trips. About half said they never place calls while driving.

•14 percent of drivers say they compose emails/texts behind the wheel.

•Two of five young drivers were observed manipulating electronic devices while driving (doubled from 2010)

A University of Utah study reports that when texting, drivers take eyes off the road for up to 4.6 out of every 6 seconds — like traveling the length of a football field at 55 m .....
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Minnesota Would Receive Over $6.8 Million Under Obama Administration Budget Proposal to Help Homeowners Reduce their Energy Bills

Wed, Apr 17th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON -- President Obama’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014 includes an increase for low-income home weatherization services, including $6.8 million to help needy families in the state of Minnesota. The proposal represents a continued comm ..... 
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Prom warning: Spring months the worst for unbelted teen deaths

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With April, May and June combining for the highest percentage of unbelted teen deaths during the past three years, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is urging parents to reinforce safe driving ..... 
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Deadliest weekend of 2013: eight killed on Minnesota roads

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - At least eight people were killed on Minnesota roads this past weekend, (April 6–early Monday morning, April 8), making it the deadliest weekend of the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). The eigh ..... 
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Road construction update

Wed, Apr 10th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

As Minnesotans, we know what follows melting snow and warmer temperatures: construction season. The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently released their 2013 construction project program that outlines 300 projects set to begin across Minnes ..... 
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National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office resumes weekly crop and weather reports

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Beginning today, Minnesota farmers can turn to a vital source for information on their crops and weather by referring to the weekly crop and weather report from the Minnesota Field Office of the United States Department of Agricu ..... 
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Westbound I-90 lane closure at Dresbach Bridge in Wisconsin begins April 11

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists on westbound Interstate 90 will experience lane closures on the Wisconsin side of the Dresbach Bridge, beginning Thursday, April 11, as construction activities continue for the I-90 bridge project.  The Mississippi ..... 
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Farm Program Funding Priorities Called Out of Step

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - There is still no new Farm Bill, and The Center for Rural Affairs says there needs to be a change in priorities in how the nation's farm programs are funded. Executive director Chuck Hassebrook pointed out that those programs that i ..... 
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Rep. Davids continues fight for Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - One of the top priorities of the 2013 legislative session, according to State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is creating jobs for unemployed Minnesotans. A proposal that would help build a Destination Medical Center for the ..... 
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